New Budget Approved In Charles County

On Tuesday, May 14, the Board of County Commissioners adopted a balanced General Fund budget of $425,097,500 for fiscal 2020, an increase of 5.1 percent from the previous year. The adopted budget enhances core services and invests in community priorities that foster economic development, protect natural resources, expand school capacity, and ensure public safety needs are met.
Budget Highlights $8.67 million increase for Charles County Public Schools, to fund salary raises and open Billingsley Elementary School. $4.47 million increase for the Sheriff’s Office, to fund increased compensation for employees, additional staff for a forensics science unit, two new school resource officers, and additional support staff. $2.33 million increase for County Government operations, to fund a merit increase, a cost-of-living increase effective Jan. 1, 2020 for eligible employees, part-time pay adjustments, additional paramedics/EMTs and dispatchers, operations of the Billingsley Elementary School Community Center, and a youth summer jobs program with the Tri-County Council.